Mary Weir Miller, who loved God with all her grateful heart and delighted in kids, nurses, ministers, pianos, choirs, birds, newspapers and even newspaper writers died Wednesday, Jan. 4 at her home at Lima Estates near Media, Pa. She was 93.
Mary was born in Chicago, the youngest of the three children of James and Elizabeth Weir. Her father was a printer, her mother a teacher.
She attended college at Wheaton (Ill.), where she met the love of her life, Edwin Miller, a farmer's son from Benton Harbor, Mich. They married in 1945 at Midwest Bible Church in Chicago and served their Lord and thousands of souls together during 58 years of marriage - including churches in Hinsdale, Ill., Cleveland, Ohio, Wilmington, Del., Kennett Square, Pa., and Springfield, Pa. Mary’s skills on the piano were put to use everywhere they went.
After retiring from the pastorate in 1989, Edwin became chaplain at Granite Farms Estates near Media, Pa., and he and Mary soon became residents of that community. She moved to nearby Lima Estates in 2015.
Mary was a licensed practical nurse in Delaware for 22 years, starting at Wilmington Hospital and retiring from Christiana Hospital, where she worked in the cardiac care step-down unit and was well-loved for the extra dose of kindness she brought to her patients and their families.
She was devoted to her family (except during games of Scrabble) and she loved every minute with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
On any given Sunday for as long as her health permitted, Mary could be found front and center at Westminster Presbyterian Church near West Chester, Pa. She knew the words to hundreds of hymns and after her Edwin died in 2003 could often be heard drawing comfort by singing those hymns late into the night.
If you were on Mary Miller’s prayer list, you were blessed indeed and she was pretty sure you should have such a list, too. She would want you to let God be the judge of others, give C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” a read, and remember to call your mother to let her know you got home safely. Her children wish every child knew the love of a mother like her.
The family is grateful to the staff and aides who assisted Mary at Granite Farms and Lima Estates and helped her greet each day with a cheerful round of “Good morning, good morning! A happy day is dawning. Good morning, good morning to you!”
In addition to her husband, Edwin, she was predeceased by a son, David August Miller; and a granddaughter, Emily Harrison Miller. She is survived by her sons - Jonathan Miller (Karin) of Moorestown, N.J., and James Miller (Diane) of Tulsa, Okla., daughters Beth of Wilmington and Deborah of Philadelphia, grandchildren Katie Sundermeier (Tony) of Atlanta, Sarah Rotter (Jeremy) of Mount Laurel, N.J., David Miller of Fort Worth, Texas, Courtaney Miller of Durham, N.C., and Jonny Miller of Tulsa, Okla., four great-grandchildren Jonny and Luke Sundermeier and Karina and Joshua Rotter, along with many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to visit with Mary’s family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202 South of Silverside Road), Wilmington, DE 19803 and to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to Westminster Presbyterian Church.